A mild yet sociable character, Martino, as everybody referred to him in Casteldidon, the village where he was born and raised in a farmer’s family, was the only one of three children who did not move away as an adult. After working as a farmer until the age of fifty, he spontaneously began to paint in spite of the whole town considering it to be rather odd. Despite this community opinion, he continued to paint relentlessly until the end of his days.
Martino’s work was discovered nearly twenty years after his death thanks to the intuition by Bruno Arcari, artist and framer from Casalmaggiore. After first being shown at the Diotti museum in Casalmaggiore, organized by art historian Bianca Tosatti, Maroncelli 12 has been exhibiting his work since 2016.